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Look 10 Years Younger Now!!!
by Coby Kindles
TheSyndicatedNews columnist

Coby Kindles is a freelance journalist, screenplay writer and essayist. She has been a staff writer at Knight Ridder and a regular contributor to The Associated Press.

Turning back the hands of time doesn't have to involve great physical and financial expense. Anyone can have great, healthy, glowing skin without spending hundreds on useless products and over-priced facials. Follow these five simple steps twice daily for a natural, radiant glow that is sure to turn heads!

1. Wash. Everyone's skin is unique. Choose a mild, non-alcoholic facial cleanser compatible with your skin type. Neutrogena, Almay and Naked Bee are reasonably priced anti-aging skin care lines made with natural ingredients. Squeezing a small amount onto your fingertips, massage upwardly in circular motions with cool water. Rinse and repeat.

2. Exfoliate. Natural alternatives such as sea salt, sugar, and nutshells are highly effective in shedding old skin. Be careful not to over-exfoliate. Too much scrubbing will inflame the skin causing it to become fragile and sensitive to the touch. Twice a week is enough to stimulate new skin cell growth. Massage upwardly in circular motions with warm water. Rinse.

3. Mask. A good firming mask works wonders. Honey or Mayonnaise can quickly paste on and off, naturally revive dull skin and leave a glow. St. Ives, LancĂ´me and Clarins are pricier masks, but do the same job of increasing resiliency and elasticity of the skin as natural less expensive ingredients.

4. Tone. This is a step many of us unfortunately disregard. Doing so leaves debris on the skin that cleansing did not remove. Toning the skin also restores the skin's pH balance and aids deeper cleansing. It also shrinks pores and reduces lines and sagging skin. Witch Hazel is a great inexpensive toner. Its gentle properties won't over dry the skin and gives it a clean fresh feeling. Buff the face, neck and ears with a saturated cotton ball or cloth. You will see and feel the results immediately!

5. Moisturize. Moisturizing the skin is the most important step of all. It protects, softens and tones the skin even more. It is ideal to have a moisturizer which matches your skin type that has added sunscreen to protect the skin from ultra-violet sun rays. Avocado is a natural lotion, as well as cocoa butter, coconut and olive oil. Over-the-counter brands like Aveda, Regenerist and Aveeno will work wonders without breaking the bank. Apply the moisturizer in an upward outward motion. Apply to neck and ears as well.

Caring for the skin is only the minimum when it comes to looking younger. Drinking more water, exercise, diet, good hygiene and maximizing your overall appearance are additional steps that should be taken to look younger and feel great. With a little dedication and commitment, not only can you take a decade off your looks, you will look younger, feel younger, and stay younger.

Published: Nov 21,2010 03:23
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